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Yes, John Calipari is worried about Kentucky’s shooting

It’s no secret that this team’s Achilles’ Heel is shooting. Not only is Kentucky 1-6 in games in which they shoot under 30% from the outside, they’re 0-7 in games in which they’ve had a five minute or longer scoring drought. When you look at percentages, this is John Calipari’s worst three-point shooting team at Kentucky and his third worst from the field overall. Today, Calipari admitted he’s concerned.

“You gotta make some shots at some point,” Cal said. “You’re going to have to drop some shots. In the games we really played well, we made some shots. They’re all capable of that. I’ve got five guys in there that are capable shooters, more than capable shooters. But, we’ll see.”

With a team so young, Calipari said he’s walking the fine line of expressing his concerns about shooting without psyching his players out.

“If you make a big deal about it, it’s worse. This should be a good shooting team, but we’re so long and active, it doesn’t need to be a great shooting team….We’re a good shooting team that’s just not making shots. I hate to tell you they’re open, and some of them are missed badly, and that worries me with some of these guys. ‘How did you miss that, that badly? Where’s your mindset right now?’ Because most of shooting is in their mind.”

That last quote suggests the issue is confidence, but Calipari said he thinks it’s shot preparation about everything else. Regardless, with seven games left to go in the regular season, he’s keeping the faith that this team will turn it around like so many before them have.

“We should be a better shooting team, and look, we have time. I been through this with a couple teams here.  I haven’t lost any faith…If we’re getting better, the rest of the stuff will start taking care of itself.”

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26 responses to “Yes, John Calipari is worried about Kentucky’s shooting”

  1. Realme

    It’s just a slump. All of them are in a slump that I’m sure they will shoot their way out of soon.

    1. Duff86

      Did you see Hami’s clanks from the corner when he was wide open in the TN game? High school kids can make those shots. It’s not a slump. They can’t shoot.

    2. 2Dogs

      “Sure” sure or hopeful sure?

    3. Cryingtheblues

      A slump?? Facts are this team isn’t a good shooting team!! He wants dribble drive players, well you have to have good shooters as well to space the floor.

    4. Realme


    5. syrin23

      Duff86, I thought the same thing. Cal recruited these guys and the knock on this team BEFORE the season started was it was a poor shooting team. These aren’t “capable shooters”, they are “athletes” with minimal basketball skills.

      Who in the HELL would draft Hami? He wouldn’t be the best guard on ANY team we’ve faced this year. He’s not one the top 30 guards in the SEC. How is he even considered for the draft?

    6. Cryingtheblues

      Well said!

    7. runningunnin.454

      The starters shot 48% at WVa. and 44% from the three line. Gabriel came in and his 1-7 brought down our percentage.

    8. KYJelly

      Duff, they don’t hit them every time. Guys go through shooting slump. Remember a couple years back when Devin Booker couldn’t miss and then in February he couldn’t hit a shot for anything. Hami has hit some huge threes, most from the corner where he missed the other night. He’s not a great shooter, but he isn’t a bad shooter either

  2. Catlogic15

    Not sure how you recruit a plethora of 5 stars and McDAA’s, and not a darn one outside of perhaps Green can shoot. Heck, one of them misses dunks a lot of the time lol.
    You’d think that would kinda be an important part of evaluations.

    1. GM1978

      Baker was widely considered the best outside threat in this class…….his injury has played a massive role in the deep shooting woes

  3. CombatMedic_98

    There was a really good shooter the plays for Oklahoma Trae young that we could’ve gotten but somehow we missed him

  4. CombatMedic_98

    Sure could use 30 or 40 extra points a night

    1. Cryingtheblues

      Lol yeah that’d be NICE

    2. rcope58

      Well said Bull! I agree

  5. CombatMedic_98

    Per game

  6. BigBlueNationDude

    Really? A slump? Hilarious. Everytime I think you guys couldnt be more blue tinted you outdue yourselves. These guys cant shoot and its not getting any better.

    1. runningunnin.454

      You’re right; I wouldn’t blame you if you left and didn’t come back….hint, please, hint.
      BTW, outdue is not a word…how about eclipse; pays to increase your word power.

  7. krautdog

    Unfortunately, Cal recruits all “dribble drive” players and the opposition knows if they jam the lane we’re forced to shoot from outside and can’t make those shots ie; Alexander with those turnovers-Barnes knew what we were going to attempt!

  8. CombatMedic_98

    Gotta do more then pick n roll, screen high-drive by!!! We triple threat offense…shoot-pass-dribble for layout players!!!! We don’t have a single threat right now!

  9. Cryingtheblues

    You think a man making 8 million dollars a year would know to recruit shooters!!

    1. runningunnin.454

      Bledsoe, Knight, Lamb, Fox, Monk, and Booker and Ulis? Baker was supposed to help from the outside.

    2. GM1978

      Precisely…….Baker was one of (if not) the best outside threat in this freshman class

    3. Ez21

      Bledsoe and Fox were considered sub par shooters so I wouldn’t include them. Fox did start making shots at the end of the yr but was never thought of as a “shooter.” Bled could make em
      But was very streaky.

  10. Bull Filmer

    On a positive note, this KENTUCKY team can hit free throws. They’re in shape. They can press. They can run the floor. At this point in the process, I have to believe CAL and Kenny Payne, et al, know what they have and how to get 110% out of these kids. Again, this team is uber-talented and chose KENTUCKY. I expect a rough road ahead; and I expect these young men to rise to the challenge.

  11. AllBall

    It’s not a shooting slump. We have had more below average shooting performances than good ones. It seems as if shooting has taken even more of a dip since we’ve entered the more difficult stretch of our schedule. The WVU game was more of an anomaly than how we typically shoot.